A donkey, a dog, a cat, a rooster - you're looking at the famous Bremen Town Musicians. This 200-year-old Grimms brothers' fairytale is about four friends, all a bit worse for wear and mistreatment at the hands of abusive owners. Well, nothing for it, only [...]
1918! A monumental year. World War I ended, empires broke up, national borders were rearranged, political orders changed dramatically, and new countries appeared. One of these was Latvia. The little Baltic country declared its independence from Russia on 18 November 1918, just one week after the [...]
On a cold February afternoon, we meet him at the old Zeppelin hangar. We – are Lola, Janicke, and myself, three Scandinavian travel bloggers. He - is Mārtiņš Sirmais, Latvia’s super-chef. We're about to learn Latvian cooking. Innovative Latvian cooking, it turns out. The old hangar [...]
Apart from the multi-national Struve Geodetic Arc (more on that later), the old town of Riga is the only site in Latvia protected by UNESCO.
I first visited Riga in 1992, shortly following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Today's Riga is an entirely different story.
We stayed in plenty of hotels in 2008, some good, some not so good, some blah. Here are my fave hotels of 2008 - in no particular order.
Travels of 2008 - many old faves plus some new countries: Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova, Transdniestr, PEI, Wales, Isle of Man, Srpska and more.